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Two Holly Jolly Peppermint Martinis next to a cocktail shaker, red ornaments, and a scattering of candy canes

Holly Jolly Peppermint Martini

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cocktail, peppermint schnapps drink
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Brenda
If you are looking for a peppermint schnapps drink, that can easily be a Christmas cocktail then look no further than this Holly Jolly Peppermint Martini recipe.  There are only a few basic ingredients in this and no need for any specialty flavored vodka either.  I like to keep it simple.  This is also a strong drink.  So you might only need one to feel holly and jolly.  Cheers to keeping with the spirit of the season!
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  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup or more if you like a sweeter drink.  If you add more reduce vodka)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 Crushed Candy Cane for rimming glass Optional
  • 1 tsp Corn Syrup or Agave for rimming glass Optional


  • Rim martini glass with corn syrup or agave first and then crushed candy cane to create a decorative rim.  Note: Syrups will help your sugary item stay better than any liquid. It will also not impart any flavor.
  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add vodka, peppermint schnapps, and simple syrup
  • Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds
  • Add to glass and enjoy.  You'll be holly and jolly after one drink.  
    Happy holidays!


  • Be sure to rim your glass first
  • Use quality ice
  • Shake long enough so you feel (and see) the chill outside of the shaker.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 21g | Iron: 0.5mg